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Seurat: Drawings and Paintings Hardcover – June 1, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300071310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300071313
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Eminent art historian Robert L. Herbert (Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society) is emeritus professor at Mount Holyoke College after a long career at Yale. His commonsense approach to 19th-century art has long been a refreshment; his pioneering method of studying Impressionists, by turning the paintings upside down to see how the paint was applied, remains legendary. Seurat: Drawings and Paintings is a collection of his various articles on 19th-century French painter Georges Seurat, one of his specialties, written over the years for various hard-to-find journals, including a particularly well-reasoned essay on the painting Parade. Often summed up as "the dot painter" for his pointillist style, Seurat in fact had many other intriguing preoccupations as an artist, which Herbert expertly reveals.
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From Library Journal

In gathering this excellent selection of his previously published studies of Seurat's art, Herbert has shaped a synthesis of the artist's achievement that is simultaneously profound, accessible, and concise. In addition to his sharp articulation of the artist's creative processes and rapid stylistic development, the examination of individual paintings and drawings is marked by a sharply honed and refined formalistic sensibility. The author's ability to evoke the works' distinctive visual qualities combines with a cautious articulation of the theoretical and scientific ideas, which impacted upon the formulation of Seurat's Neo-Impressionist style. At the same time, and without a tinge of partisan crie de coeur, Seurat's work is accommodated within a context of late 19th-century social thought. Not slighted either are the varied and disparate art historical sources that infused and helped shape his genius. Like the artist's work itself, Herbert's study is marked by a clarity of structure, a luminous yet meticulous touch, and a profound undergirding of rigorous intelligence. Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By iJeff06 on August 15, 2011
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I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend, and she absolutely loved it. She's a big art buff, and has a particular affinity for Seurat, so if this sounds like you, or if you know someone like this you can't really go wrong with this book. Perfect for the coffee table.
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